New figures obtained exclusively from the Nigeria Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) shows that hundreds of Nigerians are on death row while others are serving various jail terms in several countries abroad.
According to the figures, 73 Nigerians are presently on death row in Malaysia.
According to the source all the death row inmates were convicted on drug trafficking related offences except one who was sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend.
NDLEA also said the figure was for 2018 adding that the number would be higher by the time 2019 figures were released.
In São Paulo, Brazil, 144 Nigerians are serving various prison terms for drug related offences. All the convicts, the NDLEA said, were from Nnewi, Anambra State.
This is coming on the heels of an unprecedented 252-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed last Thursday charging 77 Nigerian nationals with participating in a massive conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through a variety of fraud schemes and launder the funds through a Los Angeles-based money laundering network as uncovered by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).